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February 19, 2019

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON - GREEN

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it wants to get greener — and in this case it doesn’t mean money. The company — which ships millions of packages a year to people and to businesses — says it is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. The online retail behemoth says it hopes to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. Unlike a prime membership shipment, this won’t be a two-day kind of deal. Amazon says it will phase in the use of more renewable energy like solar power; have more packages delivered in electric vans; and push suppliers to remake their packaging. McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and other big companies that generate lots of waste have announced similar initiatives.

IN THE NEWS: TAXING THE ONLINE GIANTS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is taking steps to collect more money from high-tech companies that make a lot of money in the country — but pay little tax. New Zealand’s prime minister says the gap between what companies bring in and what they pay out in taxes needs to be narrowed. Under a new proposal, the government is proposing a new digital tax that would tap multinational online companies for 2 or 3 percent on the revenue they generate in New Zealand. That rate is in with other countries as they consider their own taxes of multinational online giants like Google and Facebook.

ON THE WEB: BATTLE OVER POSTAL PATENT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a battle over a solution to handle first-class mail that gets returned as undeliverable. Attorneys for Mitch Hungerpiller have been in a running battle with the United States Postal Service over the process developed at his company in Alabama. The process has been patented. But the USPS says it shouldn’t have been — and ending up developing its own, similar, system. Undeliverable first class mail costs companies and the Postal Service time and money.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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